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Top 10: Catch a performance of Educating Rita, attend the Activity Village at Abu Dhabi Dash, enjoy skating at Dubai Ice Rink
Dubai Drama Group present a performance of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, about a hairdresser (Venetia Tiarks-Clark) who seeks to reinvent herself by enrolling in a correspondence course in literature. Her tutor is a middle-aged professor, Frank (Bryan MacKenzie), and despite their different backgrounds and stages in life, they learn about themselves and each other as they forge a tentative relationship.
Tonight and Thursday to Saturday, 8pm daily, plus 4pm on Friday, donations welcome at the door, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, reserve seats at courtyardplayhouse.com
Warehouse421 presents Community and Critique: SEAF Cohort 4, an exhibition of works marking the culmination of the year-long Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship programme (SEAF) featuring works by 15 artists. A fundamental pillar of the programme is critique – reflection, questioning and analysis – and the public are invited into the artists’ studio to join in the critique process. Pictured: Assa Disa, an installation by Sheikha Al Ketbi
Daily until January 14, 10am to 8pm, Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae
Watch the Abu Dhabi Dash, a relay race that promotes team-building and fitness for businesses in the area. Visit the Activity Village where participants and spectators can take part in events such as Zumba, yoga, healthy-food preparation demonstrations, smoothie bikes and a short cycling competition from ADCB Bikeshare. You can also listen to inspiring talks, taste healthy food and get advice on wellness. Children can also take part in a variety of fun activities.
Today, from 4pm, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.racethedash.com
Three members of the trombone section of the Netherlands’ Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra accompanied by pianist Jeroen Bal will perform in the Abu Dhabi Classics series. The programme When Art Meets Music includes works by Schubert and Brahms, and from the 17th-century to the modern era, such as Couperin’s Three Dance Pieces, Liszt’s Ave Maria and Ferro and Reijngoud’s A Friend for a Friend.
November 9, 8pm, from Dh100, Bin Hamoodah Fort, Al Ain, www.ticketmaster.ae
Buy tickets to attend Creamfields Abu Dhabi, the electronic dance music festival featuring Canadian DJ deadmau5 (Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff), who is inspired by techno and old-school, and Swedish DJ duo Axwell & Ingrosso (More Than You Know, Sun Is Shining) with their high-energy vibe. Emerging and established local and regional artists will also be featured as part of the show, returning to the capital after three years.
December 8, from 7pm, from Dh250, 18+, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Sign up to take part in a free pre-natal seminar at Bodytree Studio that explores all things healthy for mother and baby. Learn about the benefits of baby massage, hypnobirthing, paediatric first aid, pre-natal partner yoga, post-natal return to exercise, baby signing, reflexology and more. Get special discount offers on pre- and post-natal courses.
Tomorrow, 7.15pm to 8.15pm, free, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, email@example.com
See Melody in Meditation featuring cubist works by Ria Sharma that reflect the artist’s belief that an individual’s identity lies in achieving higher consciousness. The acrylic and oil mixed-media artworks reflect a spiritual connection, with objects shown as broken and reassembled in simplified, geometric forms. Pictured: The Search Within 2
Daily until December 31, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com
Dubai Ice Rink presents Back to Cool, a series of fun skating activities. The Skate School has courses to help new skaters of all ages learn the fundamentals and for advanced skaters to hone their skills. Hockey School teaches students power-skating, stick-handling and puck-control. Ice Tots is a group session for mothers and children. Coffee Mornings is a 30-minute group skating session with an hour of free skating, plus coffee and a pastry from Caffé Nero.
From Dh800 for Skate School, various timings and days; 5pm to 6pm on Wednesdays for Hockey School, Dh150; Dh90 for Ice Tots sessions; 10am on Tuesdays for Coffee Mornings, Dh95, Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 04 448 5111, www.dubaiicerink.com
Aventura Nature Adventure Park has reopened after the summer with exhilarating circuits and obstacle fun for the whole family, including zip-lining, rope-climbing and the 25-metre Tarzan Jump. There are special circuits for children, including the Rangers circuit which has 19 obstacles for kids can conquer as their parents walk alongside.
Open daily 9.30am to 6pm daily, Aventura, Mushrif Park, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com
Register your children ages 3-13 for the Gulf Star half-term multi-activity camp and take advantage of an early-bird discount on bookings before Thursday. The classes take place at venues around Dubai and feature sports, team games, arts and crafts, martial arts, performing arts and more.
Sunday to November 2, 9am to 2.30pm, from Dh650 for the early-bird offer; then Dh800, Jebel Ali School; Dovecote Green Primary School; Foremarke School, Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org